Name: Luo ZhengguiChinese Name: 罗正贵Gender: MaleAge: 87City: LuzhouProvince: SichuanOccupation: Former government officialDate of Death: July 6, 2022Date of Most Recent Arrest: November 5, 2021Most Recent Place of Detention: Gulin County Police Department
Mr. Luo Zhenggui and his wife were forced to live away from their home after he was put on residential surveillance following a brief detention on November 5, 2021, for practicing Falun Gong. The Gulin County, Sichuan Province, resident suffered declining health while he was displaced. He returned home in critical condition and passed away two weeks later, on July 6, 2022, six days after the passing of his mother-in-law. He was 87.
Mr. Luo took up Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline, in April 1999. He credited the practice with curing his stomach cancer, as well as many other problems such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and nephritis.
Mr. Luo once recalled, “All the ailments that had troubled me for more than 30 years disappeared. I was able to eat whatever I liked, raw or cooked, cold or hot. I had no more headaches and I walked very lightly. I enjoyed the happiness of being illness-free. With the elevation of my cultivation level, I understood that it was Teacher who eliminated all my karma at its very root, something modern medicine cannot do.”
Three months later, in July 1999, the Chinese communist regime launched a nationwide campaign to eradicate Falun Gong from China. Mr. Luo, a former Shibao Township Government official, was repeatedly arrested, harassed, and detained for refusing to give up his faith.
Mr. Luo served three and a half years between 2004 and 2007. Although he escaped another arrest in 2009, the authorities confiscated his apartment and suspended his pension. He was forced to move from one place to another until he was arrested again in 2012 and given a second prison sentence of four years.
Mr. Luo’s last arrest was on November 5, 2021, when he was on his way home after visiting a bank. The police smashed the lock on his rental apartment and raided the place.
Mr. Luo’s wife, Ms. Zhang Ziqin, was at home caring for her mother when the police broke in. She said they hit the door so hard that a metal ladder behind the door fell down.
Upon entering, the police held Ms. Zhang’s arms and didn’t let her move. They took photos of her and recorded her voice, all against her will. Only when her mother insisted that she be allowed to change her diaper did the police loosen their grip.
Although one officer came half an hour later with a search warrant, the majority of the form was blank, with no probable cause for the search, no signature by the police chief, and no indication of the time of the search.
After taking Mr. Luo to the Gulin County Police Department for interrogation, the police measured his height and weight and collected his fingerprints and footprints. They also took his photo and recorded his voice. They then took him to the hospital for a physical exam before taking him home at around 11:30 p.m.
The police also attempted to arrest Ms. Zhang and carry her away. But because she shouted for help and struggled, the police gave up and interrogated her at home.
When the police took Mr. Luo home, they announced that the couple would be under residential surveillance. To avoid further persecution, Ms. Zhang entrusted others to help take care of her mother and lived away from home with Mr. Luo.
When Mr. Luo’s health started to decline while on the run, they decided to return home. But shortly after that, Ms. Zhang was dealt a heavy blow with the death of her mother and Mr. Luo six days apart.
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